I've really got into smoked beers over the last year or so - with my favourite probably being Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche, it's an Oakwood smoked variety meaning the smoke is quite light, but at 8% and with a big malty body it's still a beast of a beer.
The Thornbridge Beadeca's Well Smoked Porter I tried recently in the excellent York Tap is a very different take on a smoked beer though. Lighter in strength and smokiness, but darker in colour, this is much closer to sessionable and the smokiness blends in with the roasted malt flavour rather than sitting proudly on top of the beer with a porky grin.
It's rich, smokey and ashy yet there's enough lightness to the body and bitterness in the finish to make the whole thing go down so damn easily. It's an interesting, tasty beer, and yet it's also something I could drink a lot of, which in my eyes is a big compliment to the skill of the guys at Thornbridge.
Oh, and just because this is meant to be a beer and food blog. It goes REALLY well with Pork scratchings.
That counts as a beer and food match, right?
Beer with a porky grin
Beer with a porky grin Reviewed by Neil, Eating isn't Cheating on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Rating: 5